COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease Partner Toolkit

During the COVID-19 pandemic, cardiovascular health remains a top public health priority. Public health officials are now warning about the relationship between COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease.

Not only have there been more deaths from cardiovascular disease during the pandemic, but people who have serious heart conditions are also at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.1,2

This toolkit includes tools approved by CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention that you can use to encourage individuals to continue seeking cardiovascular care at this time.

Join us in sharing these lifesaving messages.

Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

Million Hearts® and the CDC Foundationexternal icon have worked with key partners to produce two CDC-approved public service announcements (PSAs) to spotlight the importance of heart health during COVID-19.

  1. Emergency Care Focus: This PSA explains the risks of neglecting emergency medical attention for heart attack or stroke.
  2. Heart Health Focus: This PSA promotes heart health management for those who have experienced a cardiovascular event.

Video PSAs

Remind Americans of the risks of neglecting emergency medical attention for heart attack or stroke during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least 1 in 5 expected emergency department visits for heart attack or stroke did not occur during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to CDC.3

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Remind Americans to focus on their heart health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fewer people are seeking routine medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic.4

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Graphics

Download these graphics to promote key messages on social media and in digital communications.

Emergency Care for Heart Disease During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Maintaining Heart Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sample Social Media Messages

Post these sample messages on your social media pages.

Emergency Care Focus

  • Heart attacks and strokes are still happening. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States. Seek emergency care for heart attack or stroke symptoms. This PSA explains more. https://youtu.be/zIYzDlFIDCwexternal icon
  • Heart attacks and strokes are not taking a break for COVID-19. In fact, public health officials are concerned about the risk of more deaths from cardiovascular disease during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seek emergency care for heart attack or stroke symptoms. This PSA explains more. https://youtu.be/zIYzDlFIDCwexternal icon
  • Did you know at least 1 in 5 expected emergency department visits for heart attack or stroke did not occur during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic? Heart attacks and strokes are not taking a break for COVID-19. It’s important to seek emergency care if you experience symptoms. https://youtu.be/zIYzDlFIDCwexternal icon
  • Heart attacks and strokes are still happening during the COVID-19 pandemic. This PSA explains why you should seek emergency care if you experience symptoms. https://youtu.be/zIYzDlFIDCwexternal icon
  • Heart attacks and strokes are not taking a break for COVID-19. This PSA explains why you should seek emergency care if you experience symptoms. https://youtu.be/zIYzDlFIDCwexternal icon
  • At least 1 in 5 expected emergency department visits for heart attack or stroke did not occur during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to seek emergency care if you experience symptoms. https://youtu.be/zIYzDlFIDCwexternal icon

Heart Health Focus

  • People with serious heart conditions are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Don’t neglect your heart health, especially during the pandemic. This PSA explains more. https://youtu.be/TuKRMYil7MQexternal icon
  • Public health officials are warning about increases in heart disease and stroke risk factors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your heart health matters, especially now. This PSA explains more. https://youtu.be/TuKRMYil7MQexternal icon
  • Guard your heart health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take your heart medication. Call your medical team with any concerns. Eat well and stay active. Call 9-1-1 for heart attack or stroke symptoms. Your heart is one in a million! https://youtu.be/TuKRMYil7MQexternal icon

Digital Communications Copy

Use the following messaging for your email, newsletter, or blog.

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Page last reviewed: November 9, 2020